Date: Mon, 16 May 1994 09:27:22 EDT From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: genitive in names of businesses Dear Folks, I spent the weekend in Boaz, Alabama, in order to go to a family reunion on my wife's side in Martling, just a chug down and up the mountain from Albertville. Upon arrival in Martling--yeah, in the first minute of my sojourn--a Martling native in her 80's or so announced that so-and-so couldn't come to the reunion because she had to work at "Wal-Mark's" (/k/ is what I heard) (I was told that all the really old women there had not been allowed to go to school). Within the next ten minutes, I heard a women in her sixties--a blood relative--say that she spends a lot of time in "Wal-Mart's." There were also a lot of other amazing things to listen to. For a while, I had trouble understanding what was being said to me until I figured out the current state of the vowel shift in Martling. Wayne Glowka Professor of English Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]